Five Flavors of Homeschooling

by Sonya Shafer Don’t you love to look through recipe websites? I just found a great recipe app for my computer. Now any time I see a recipe I like, I can click and drag it into that app, and…

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Six Tips for Teaching the Value of Work

The “Heavy Work” Brain Reset The children are very excited today. It started snowing around noon and has been coming down steadily for several hours. The weather forecaster reports that it should snow heavily in the early evening and continue…

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Homeschool Mom, Do You Care Too Much?

by Lynna Sutherland All moms feel the weight of responsibility of caring for and raising their children. Homeschool moms also carry the weight of responsibility for their children’s education. It can be an overwhelming burden that causes some homeschool moms…

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Answering Your Homeschool Questions- Part 3

In this four-part series, a panel of homeschoolers have informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us, which originally ran in the Virginia Home Educator magazine….

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God and the History of Art – Barry Stebbing

By Barry Stebbing “Looking at art is one way of listening to God.” ~ Sister Wendy Beckett Growing up as a student of the fine arts, I assumed that I knew a good deal about art history. As the years…

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Teach Public Speaking: One Essential Skill

by Kyndra Steinmann When I was a girl, the homeschool group in Williamsburg/James City County and Charles City Counties in Virginia decided that it would be a good idea to have an annual “Speech Meet.” The idea was that homeschool…

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Sick Days and the Unexpected

This past week was supposed to be one of much accomplishment! Co-op is over for the semester, which gives us an extra day at home, and I had plans to catch up on a couple of things as well as…

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Three Gifts You Can Give Your Children

by Lynna Sutherland ‘Tis the season!  Pinterest, email newsletters, and blogs everywhere are full of gift ideas and wish lists for chlidren. Some folks prefer handmade gifts and some folks would rather shop online. But I have a different kind…

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Teaching Art to Young Children

by Sharon Jeffus When we think of art for preschool and early elementary, we need to think of fun and adventure. Children this age have a short attention span, and we don’t want to bore them or they will disengage….

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Your Homeschool Questions- Part 2

Scheduling, Time Management, and Home Organization In this series of articles, a panel of homeschoolers has informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us, which originally…

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Learning to Read Is Like Learning to Speak

by Kyndra Steinmann Lately the toddler tornado has been experiencing a language explosion! Every day or two she has a new couple of words, and she is constantly trying to string them into phrases and getting frustrated when her attempts…

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Answering Your Homeschool Questions – Part I

In this series of articles, a panel of homeschoolers have informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us. The first in a four-part series, this post…

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Ten Things Every Homeschooler Should Remember

by Kathie Morrissey Regardless of how qualified you may or may not feel, the best teacher God can provide for your children is YOU, their parent. As parents, we know our children best, and we love them more than any…

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Preparing the Cozy Winter Homeschool!

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s getting chilly up here in Massachusetts—enough so, that the toddler wanted her hat and shawl this morning when she went out! (Don’t you just love the snuggliness of a bundled up little one!)  We’ve had a…

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Back to School

by Kathy Kuhl Do schools know best? Should we do it their way? Some of us wonder if our children might be better off in school, even if we don’t like to say that out loud. Every family needs to…

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7 Simple Ways to Entice Kids to Write

by Pamela Hall Enticing your kids to write is easier than you might think. Often, kids don’t like to write, because they haven’t had a lot of practice or instruction in writing, and it’s a brain workout; it’s hard. However,…

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The Futility Of It All

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to my mother about some behavioral issue I was dealing with, and I finished the conversation by saying, “ I know they’ll get it eventually, and in the meantime I’ll just…

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Three Takes on Anger

by Lynna Sutherland Every family has relationship issues. Homeschooling tends to bring those issues to the surface. It’s hard to deny the struggles when we face them “up close and personal” every day. Almost every homeschool mom I know has…

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Hard Work Comes First

By Kyndra Steinmann My nine-year-old has a business plan. He wants to raise rabbits to sell to the bird-of-prey sanctuary near us. It looks lovely on paper. He’ll breed rabbits and sell the offspring to the sanctuary, while also selling…

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Teaching Cursive in a Touchscreen World

Cursive Handwriting: How Long? How Much? by Pamela Hall The other day, I was perusing a homeschool discussion group. A conversation about cursive handwriting struck my attention. Many parents were inquiring about the importance of cursive handwriting, how long to…

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Teach a Mom to Fish

by Lynna Sutherland If you are going to take on the calling of homeschooling your children, having a supportive community around you is essential! We all long for help, input, and advice. On the other hand, sometimes we dread it!…

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Is a Summer Break Worthwhile?

by Kyndra Steinmann Ever since we returned from the HEAV Convention, we’ve been slacking off around here! Partly because the weather has been lovely and we’ve all wanted more time outside, partly because we’ve had a lot of activities, but…

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Will This Be on the Test?

By Ruth Popp, Classic Learning Initiatives For our students, this critical question determines what will be studied, what will be committed to memory, and what will be left behind.  American educators are much like these students.  They look not to…

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Shopping at the UCS

by Kyndra Steinmann We finished the last spelling test last week and I am now knee-deep in planning for next year and deciding what I need to look for at the convention! With five children and a co-op to shop…

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14 Simple Activities for Beginning Readers

by Pamela Hall As homeschool parents, we are busy teaching our children, running our home (and possibly a business), and taking care of the demands of daily life. Sometimes, if you are like me, it is easy to let a…

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Undaunted by STEM Education

By Sherri Seligson As homeschoolers, we often look at the long remaining stretch of our children’s education and try to plan what it will look like. But for many families, there’s a big gray splotch in the high school years…

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